By Stuart Carroll
Martyrs and Murderers tells the tale of 3 generations of treacherous, bloodthirsty power-brokers. one of many richest and strongest households in sixteenth-century France, the home of Guise performed a pivotal function within the heritage of Europe. one of the staunchest rivals of the Reformation, they whipped up non secular bigotry all through France. They overthrew the king, governed Scotland for almost twenty years via Mary Queen of Scots, plotted to invade England and overthrow Elizabeth I, and ended the century by way of unleashing the bloody Wars of faith, prior to succumbing in a counter-revolution that made them martyrs for the Catholic reason. the tale of the Guise family members is sensational yet real. although elements of the tale are familiar--such as their an important function within the homicide of 4,000 Protestants within the notorious bloodbath of Saint Bartholomew--the complete scope in their effect hasn't ever been informed sooner than. Stuart Carroll unravels the legends approximately this cultivated, charismatic, and violent dynasty, and demanding situations conventional assumptions approximately one in all Europe's so much turbulent eras.
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Noblemen recognized only one way to repair honour wounded in such a public fashion; his upbringing taught him to respond in only one way. He wanted their blood and now had support on all sides, as the duke’s men rushed towards the noise of the scufﬂe. The ﬁrst Protestants were killed vainly defending the barn door: a poor wine-seller was asked if he was a ‘Huguenot’ and when he replied that he ‘believed in Jesus Christ’ was run through with several sword thrusts; two others were cut down as they tried to make a run for it.
Recent wars in Italy had shown that campaigns could no longer be won solely with heavy cavalry, the strongest arm of the French army. Until 1510 the King of France had been able to employ Swiss mercenaries, the best infantry in Europe, but they were now in Sforza pay. Instead, Francis raised 23,000 German landsknechts whose tactics were closely modelled on those of the Swiss, but they were notoriously ill-disciplined. 5 Claude de Guise was initially seconded to the unit as an ofﬁcer under his uncle, the Duke of Guelders.
Arriving at the French court in March 1506, he was awarded letters of naturalization. He thus became a Frenchman, took a French title, Count of Guise, and established his residence in France at Joinville in easy reach of both Paris and the capital of Lorraine at Nancy. But in becoming French he did not forget his ancestors. As a boy, his father had recounted tales of their exploits and how God had favoured their House because of its piety, especially the deeds of Godefroy, Duke of Lorraine and Count of Bouillon, on the First Crusade and his election as the ﬁrst King of Jerusalem in 1099, ‘chosen above others .